Updated June 12, 2010
In the fall of 2009, a remote wildlife camera captured the Station Fire moving through a canyon in the San Gabriel Mountains. The camera was one of two placed in the Arroyo Seco between JPL and Switzer Falls, about a mile from where the fire originated. One camera was destroyed by the fire. This footage is from the one that survived.
For those of us who lived through the fire, this brings home the fury of the Inferno once again. For those who have asked us what is was like, here you go.
Thanks to Adi for sharing this. ~B~
Note: The video was offline for a time while edits were being made. As of June 12, 2010, the video is back online and contains several corrections.
For those of us who survived the fire as it roared through Big Tujunga Canyon, please bear in mind that this footage records the fire as it moved East of the Angeles Crest Highway. It does not record the fire as it moved through Big Tujunga. The events recorded here took place the day before the destruction of Big T.
From the author of the video:
This was recorded by a motion sensing camera, in a canyon on the front range of the San Gabriels. There were two cameras in this area. One burned completely, but this one was in a rocky stream bed away from anything flammable, and insulated by being anchored under a boulder.
About the Camera: Added 8 June 2010
The end of the video states that the camera used was an HCO ScoutGuard SG550. According to the manufacturer’s website, the camera features the following:
- 5/3 Mega Pixels CMOS sensor, high quality picture
- Auto LED IR-Cut-Remove
- Compact size, well designed digital scouting camera (5-1/2X3-1/4X2 inches)
- Ultra low stand-by power consumption (<0.2Ah/month), extreme durable and convenient with AA batteries (>80days)
- Quick trigger time (<1.3s)
- Lockable with mounting strap, nail/screw and cable lock
- Innovative remote control, easy to operate
Although the manufacturer’s page doesn’t say so, I have been able to confirm that the camera casing is made of metal. Beyond that, all we can do is speculate that the camera’s placement was such that it was close to the water and away from vegetation that might have damaged it by burning.
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